Barry Schmidt has been named GROWMARK Region Vice President effective Nov. 1, 2014. Barry will report to GROWMARK CEO, Jim Spradlin, and will serve on the senior management team Schmidt will support FS member companies in the northern portion of the Central Region. GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin called Schmidt “a proven and experienced leader with a strong record of performance.” Schdmidt has served as general manager at McDonough FS. McDonough FS merged with Hancock County Service Company to form West Central FS. West Central FS subsequently merged with RIVERLAND FS, which Schmidt managed. Schmidt is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Agri-Business.
GROWMARK also announced its new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mike Woods, effective December 16, 2014. Woods replaces Marshall Bohbrink who announced his plans to retire in early January 2015. Woods has more than 38 years of service to GROWMARK, and brings extensive finance and business experience to the new role.
He joined GROWMARK in July 1974 as the potash supply manager in the Crops Division. Woods has served in various capacities throughout his tenure, including operations coordinator/manager positions for the Farm and Home Division, Feed and Structures Division, Mark II Agronomy, and the Seed Division; director of business analysis, and executive director, strategic research and information. In December 2013, Mike accepted his current role as vice president, finance and risk management. Woods graduated from Millikin University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance.